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Issue 199 — September 19, 2014
Burke Holland
‘JavaScript for Automation’ is a new feature in the forthcoming OS X Yosemite and makes JavaScript a first class language for writing automation scripts (as you’d usually use AppleScript for). There’s some documentation too.

Tessel is a microcontroller that runs JavaScript, and this tutorial shows how to tie one together with a text messaging service to track how long your dog slept for. A fun, unusual use for JavaScript.

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Brian Holt, front-end developer at Reddit, builds a web app and discusses the strengths of each of the four popular JavaScript frameworks: Ember, Angular, Backbone and React to help you understand which one is best suited to you and your next big project.

Watch a free video on the internal mechanics of the frameworks.

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Stack Overflow
The popular programming Q+A site now allows users to mark up runnable JavaScript code snippets, so linking out to something like JSFiddle for a live demo is no longer needed. This question provides an example of the feature in action.
Not available yet but might be of interest to some. Flow is a static type system for JavaScript being built at JavaScript, it’ll be made available sometime in the coming months.

With over 1600 registered for 2014’s event, O’Reilly Fluent is a huge event on the JavaScript and Web Platform calendar, and if you want to speak at the 2015 event in San Francisco, you need to get your proposal in by October 27th. See you there!


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